Roger Clemens Trial: Verdict Should Prove to Never Mix Government with Sports

Andre Khatchaturian@AndreKhatchCorrespondent IIIApril 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18:  Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens becomes emotional while talking to the news media after he was found not guilty on 13 counts of perjury and obstruction outside the Prettyman U.S. Court House June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher's original trial in 2011 was declared a mistrial after the judge said the prosecution presented inadmissible testimony that prejudiced the jury. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens is on trial for making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified about steroid use during a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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At long last, the Roger Clemens trial is over, and fortunately for him—and the rest of the country—he was found not guilty.

Why "fortunately"?

Because it might be the most foolish and nonsensical notion in the history of mankind to mix Congress and the United States judicial system with baseball.

All this trial did was waste $2-$3 million worth of taxpayers' money and everyone's time.

What Clemens allegedly did was wrong, and there is no place in the game for steroids and performance enhancing substances. It should also be noted that the verdict result has not shaped my opinion or viewpoint toward Clemens. I still think he cheated and benefited from steroids.

That being said, baseball is a game.

Screwing up the integrity of baseball doesn't warrant a congressional investigation.

However, the point is he shouldn't have ever spoken with Congress. The same goes for the other players that have been investigated.

It's just absolutely pointless and embarrassing.

This country has a plethora of problems; Congress should be focused on monetary and foreign policy. We're just coming out of the second-worst recession in our nation's history, yet a trial about whether a baseball player lied in front of Congress about taking steroids is at the forefront of our national news.

Where is the perspective in all of this?

So, good for Roger.

He has peace of mind today—something he probably hasn't had in a long time. Everybody makes mistakes, but nobody deserves to go to jail for something as meager as allegedly taking steroids throughout a baseball career.

Hopefully, this is a lesson to everyone that sports are just games. Investigating whether someone cheated in a game is like getting arrested for cheating on your sixth-grade math class.

It's wrong, but at the same time people need to lighten up.

Once again, it's only a game.

For Clemens, this trial consumed his life for several years. It was unneeded stress. Having a tarnished legacy and reputation in a sport you dominated for decades is torture enough.

Today is a good day for everyone who has at least a grain of perspective in this world. It seems like everybody involved in this messy trial lacked said perspective, and hopefully, now it's clear that none of this was worth the trouble.